Keith Law Releases His Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Law identifies Nick Kingham as a sleeper.

Law identifies Nick Kingham as a sleeper.

Keith Law has released his top 10 prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates system today. The list can be seen here by ESPN Insider subscribers.

Law has the usual six players at the top, with Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon at the top of the list. He’s got Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, and Luis Heredia as the next three, which is the same order from his top 100 rankings. Josh Bell came in at sixth on the list.

The number seven spot is where rankings usually start to change. Law has a few surprising names in his 7-10 rankings. Number seven is Barrett Barnes, which is the same spot as our rankings. The eighth spot went to Nick Kingham. Law called him a sleeper, and said he has the potential to be a number three starter. I agree, although we had him rated slightly lower at tenth.

Wyatt Mathisen was number nine, which is the highest I’ve seen Mathisen in any rankings this year. The final player on the list is Clay Holmes at number ten.

Law does have a short farm system overview for each team, and in the write-up he notes that the Pirates would have probably snuck into the top five in the farm system rankings if they would have taken David Dahl instead of drafting Mark Appel without signing him. I still think Appel was the right choice, even though in hindsight Dahl would have produced the better outcome.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • George Hareras

    What are the odds of drafting BB if we would of drafted Dahl instead of Appel. Barnes is our 7th top prospect, if we didn’t draft him, wouldn’t our status as a farm system slightly change. Also, had we drafted Dahl, where do you think he would of been ranked in our system

    • Tim Williams

      I don’t think Dahl would have impacted Barnes. I think the change you would have seen would have been the guys in rounds 6-10. They probably don’t take signable guys in those rounds, but instead take higher upside guys.

  • WTM

    I think Sickles had Barnes #7, too. Interesting . . . .

  • Lee Young

    Good point on the Dahl argument…if we had drafted Dahl, would we have also drafted Barnes? Gonna be interesting to see what happens with those 2.

    We might have drafted a slot guy in Barnes’ spot and given Buehler more $$$$?

    Lots of different scenarios.

    However, I’m still not sold on Dahl. I think he is a tweener.

    I would’ve drafted Appel, too, as Tim says. Easy to play the hindsight game.


    • Ian Rothermund

      Barnes signed for under slot though, by like 150k.

  • bshirey44

    Does Law imply that Dahl is head and shoulders above anyone rated in the top 14 of this years draft?